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February 9, 2013

Talk of the Times

Talk of the Times

The Gloucester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is filling up, but there are still a few spots remaining for residents who’d like to get an inside look at the department and policing over the coming weeks.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that, as of Thursday, more than two dozen people had signed on to be part of the program, which will begin Wednesday. Feb. 27 and run for six weeks through April 10.

The Police Department, under new chief Leonard Campanello, is open to Gloucester residents age 18 and older. It will include classes taught by Gloucester officers on subjects such as domestic violence, motor vehicle law, patrolling procedures, accident response and investigation, firearms awareness, juvenile issues, drug problems and other topics. And it will include a police ride-along, a tour of the Middleton House of Correction, and a K-9 unit demonstration.

Anyone interested in participating in the program must fill out an application, with application forms available at the city’s police station on Main Street and at area businesses. Participants may then drop off the completed application at the station’s front desk, or mail it to Lt. John McCarthy, Gloucester Police Department, 197 Main St., Gloucester MA 01930.

Applicants will be notified by Feb. 20 if they’ve been admitted to the program.

Anyone seeking further information on the program may contact Lt. McCarthy at 978-281-9000.

Dog park in home stretch

Construction of the much-anticipated Gloucester Dog Park is nearing completion, with one of the biggest projects – the fence surrounding the nearly 2 acre park – now complete at Stage Fort Park.

Now, the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park committee is calling on the dog lovers of Cape Ann to help take this project through the final steps of completion—particularly in fund-raising, as the project needs an additional $45,000 to complete construction in time for a May opening.

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